Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society

Preserving the History of Our Community
News & Coming Events
Upcoming Schedule of Events
Date Time Event
May 9 3:30 PM Trustee Meeting
May 23 and 25 12:00 Noon First Lady Teas
May 16 7:00 PM Public Program
June 20-23 Living History Day Camp
June 20 3:30 PM Trustee Meeting
August 15 7:00 PM All Member Pot Luck and Meeting
September 12:00 Noon Fall Teas
September 19
3:30 PM
Trustee Meeting
October 7:00 PM Public Program
December   Holiday Home Tours



On May 16, 7 p.m. OJHS will offer a very different program for its history-loving members and public.

Rex Rideout of Time Travel Music, Conifer, Colorado will be acquainting us with the American West from the time of the early explorers, the fur traders, Civil War and the cattle drive era to the end of the 19th century.  He recreates the documented music of the last two centuries as a historian --      consulting manuscripts, diaries, journals, early sheet music, photographs, vintage recordings and oral sources.

Rex grew up in NW Ohio and moved to high-mountain country as an adult where he and his wife, working as professionals at the university and the national park services, have raised their sons.  He has earned a regional reputation at numerous symposiums and other countless events at national and state parks and historic sites around the west.  For his performances and recordings, he uses vintage instruments.  His music has been featured on TV’s CBS Sunday Morning, at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of the West, and the Denver Art Museum.  Additionally he played fiddle in the blockbuster film,
Cowboys and Aliens.

We hope you plan to attend—Light refreshments will be served.

                                        First Lady Tea

Bess Truman, wife of our 33rd President, Harry Truman, will be our speaker for the annual Spring Tea at Brandville on May 23rd and 25th. Every first lady has a life story different from all the others, and Bess is coming to tell hers. Always a very private one who never would have chosen to be first lady of our country, Bess ultimately made decisions with each of us in mind. 

We are sold out of reservations for this wonderful event!



The Holiday Tour of Distinctive Homes committee, chaired by trustee, Dave Yenrick, is in the process of selecting homes for the December2017 event.  If you would like your home to be considered for inclusion or if you have a recommendation to be considered, please call Dave at 419-697-1949.



Vivienne Sommerfield, as chair of the “First Family” program had a very successful launch to our First Families program in 2016.  There were seven families recognized for being in Oregon/Jerusalem Townships prior to December 31, 1860.  Members from each of these families gave educational and insightful presentations at our public meeting in October 2016.  The families represented were Bury/Johlin, Coy, Gladieux, Koch/Moll, Mueller (Miller), Moritz and Navarre.

Such success indicates that this program must continue.  Following the example of other organizations in Ohio, with the approval of the OJHS Board of Trustees, this program will continue with some criteria changes that may make more families eligible for inclusion:

If your ancestors were living in Oregon/Jerusalem Townships by December 31, 1860, you would qualify to be a “founder” category member.   This category would not change.

If your ancestors were settled in the same townships between January 1, 1861 and December 31, 1875, you would  qualify for “settlers and builders” category.

This new category will allow additional descendants to qualify for “First Family” membership since it would include families who came here following the Civil War.  Applications for the program have a deadline of August 1 for inclusion in the 2017 program.

 If you are interested for inclusion in this distinctive group, there will be a committee person available during most hours when the complex is open to help you with the process.  If you would like further information, Vivienne is available at 419-726-3161


As an outreach to our community, a power point presentation has been developed about our Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society organization. To date, this has been requested by and presented to the Oregonians and the East Cham-ber of Commerce. As a result, we have several new members with a request from a couple others, dates to be determined. There is no charge for this. If you belong to an organization and are proud to be an OJHS member, perhaps this presentation would be appropriate for you and your group.

For more information contact Connie Isbell, 419-693-2956











































Membership and Renewal Application

We invite you to join us by becoming a member of the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society. Members receive a subscription to our newsletter, notices of special events, tours and an opportunity to help with our projects. Membership is tax deductible under I.R.S. regulations. We thank you for your support.

Name __________________________________________________________        Date ________

Address ________________________________________________________                

City ___________________ State _______________    Zip _______________

Phone _________________ Email ___________________________________

Individual Member Fee       $15 ________                              

Family Membership             $30 ________

Contributing Member  
Bronze                                     $50 ________ 
Silver                                      $100 ________ 
Gold                                        $150 ________                        

Professional Membership  $200 _______ with display certificate and acknowledgement in newsletters

Checks payable to OJHS and mail to:

Membership Chairman, OJHS

Oregon, Ohio   

New ______     Renewal _____                Check # __________                                                        MCM________

                                                                                                                                                                                    (For office use)


Thinking of ways to get involved? Here are some areas where we could use you! Check your items of interest and we will contact you with details.

_____ Simple cleaning such as dusting and vacuuming

_____ Maintenance in the yard and flower beds

_____ Welcome visitors on Thursday open house hours from 10 AM – 2PM

_____ Become a Docent

_____ Serving or preparing food for the spring and fall teas

_____ Helping with the membership letter by stuffing envelopes

_____ Assisting Museum Chair Person and Curator with displays

_____ Preparing snacks for the general meetings

_____ Offering suggestions for speakers or programs for the general meetings

_____ Helping with the activities at the “Living History Camp” held in June

_____ Submit family stories/photos of local history for our newsletter and museum collections

_____ Other recommendations: ____________________________________________________
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